Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, who is the biological mother of Prince Michael and Paris, can take custody of the children if she so chooses, according to her attorney. People reports:
Prince Michael, Paris and Jackson’s third child, Blanket, 7, whose mother has not been identified, have been in the care of Jackson’s mother Katherine since the entertainer died Thursday after a cardiac arrest. “The kids are very upset, but they are fine,” Jackson’s manager, Frank DiLeo, tells PEOPLE.
During the custody fight between Rowe and Jackson in 2005, Rowe sought to give up her parental rights, and lauded Michael as a good father. Retired Judge Stephen Lachs, who presided over the hearing, at first agreed to terminate them, but then Lachs changed his mind and returned the rights to her.
“She lost them, and then she got them back,” Finsilver says. Finsilver said she spoke to Rowe on Thursday but she cannot say what Rowe plans to do. “She was inconsolable.”
If Debbie gains custody of the children, she’ll also receive a sizable chunk of Michael’s estate which, of course, sounds awesome until a collection bill arrives for $8 trillion worth of wine and clown costumes. Ha, I’m kidding. Everyone’ll just laugh and say “Oh, that Michael.” Except afterward there’ll be a tense, yet amicable, debate on who has to stop getting plastic surgeries to help out. (Hint: Jermaine.)